Week of March 29, 1999
Edited by Paul ProctorTIGER IN THE TANK
Solex Environmental's "Maverick" fuel storage tank inspection robot
recently successfully completed a bottom floor inspection of an Amoco floating-roof
tank near Baton Rouge, La. The robot gathered 100,000 data points during
the three-day, in-service demonstration inspection of the tank, which held
206,000 barrels of light crude oil, according to Don Hartsell, president
of Solex's robotics division in Houston. A demonstration inspection of
a USAF floating-roof jet fuel storage tank at MacDill AFB, Fla., began
last week. The Amoco inspection saved $185,000 in tank out-of-service costs
compared with renting barges for temporary crude oil storage while a manned
inspection of the tank was performed. Use of the robot also prevented the
release of about 100 tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere by eliminating
the need to purge and burn off tank fumes.
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